Frequently Asked Questions

Below you can find answers to some of the most common questions we receive about Australian Labradoodles, our puppies, and our adoption process. If you have additional questions not covered here please contact us. Puppy frequently asked questions can be found here.

How much do Mountain View Labradoodle puppies cost?

Our adoption price is $3,250.00. A $500.00 deposit is required once your submitted application is approved to officially join our waiting list. The remaining $2,750.00 balance is due once we have matched you with a puppy when they are 7 weeks old.

Are deposits refundable?

All deposits are non-refundable, but are transferable from litter to litter should something change in your interest or timing.

Where is Mountain View Labradoodles located?

We are located in the beautiful quaint town of Brownsville, Oregon. We are located just a few minutes off of Interstate 5 & 25 mins from the Eugene airport. 

Can I have my puppy transported to me or must I pick it up?

We prefer to have you pick your puppy up at our location in Brownsville, Oregon, however we recognize that in some cases this is not possible and you may request to have your puppy transported to you. The following are options we advise:

  1. We also can hand deliver your puppy to your nearest airport, but this option is based on our availability as well as flight options. This option is always our preferred method as it provides the maximum care for your puppy from our team. Typical cost for this option ranges from $800 to $1,200 depending on the location. 
  2. You may also fly to our local airport and fly back with your puppy as a carry on after 8-weeks of age if you choose this option. We are open to meeting at our local airport for pickup if this is the option you prefer.
  3. For those in Central Oregon, if snow is an issue we will potentially offer a Central Oregon pick up, but additional fees may be associated to this option.
  4. We also have worked with pet couriers who will drive the puppy to you, but this is all negotiated with the company chosen. We do have recommendations on this option.
  5. In certain circumstances we will ship the puppy to you through an airlines cargo department. This is subject to your location, weather, and airline procedures. We only choose this option in special circumstances

Prices for transport options are dependent on a variety of factors. We encourage you to contact us and we can discuss your specific situation to give you some rough price quotes on the transport option of your choice.

How do you match puppies to families?

We believe strongly that with our care and method for matching is a great way to match you up with a fantastic puppy who enriches your home. While every puppy needs to be trained and taught how to function within what each owner wants, we spend countless hours with each litter every day to learn behaviors, characteristics and tendencies. With our over 18 years of experience matching Labradoodles with their forever homes we have found that personality fits are far more important than looks or gender interests. We feel this is the best way to match you with a puppy that meets what you would like and that has a temperament best suited for your family. 

We give our puppies the best start possibly by daily putting each puppy through early neurological stimulation. The tendencies and characteristics we see daily shows us a baseline of their temperaments in how they have acted throughout their first 7-weeks of life during different situations we place them in. On their 7-week birthday we give them a soothing bath and blow dry. We watch them and score each puppy based on how they handle water, hand drying, and blow drying. Once this is done we put them through a full photo shoot. Asking them to stay in certain positions and react to noises while we photograph them. We make notes of all of their tendencies here as well. We then place them through an extensive personality evaluation to find just the right fit for each family! 
Some families are looking for therapy dogs. If we have a family that is looking for this, during this point in the process candidates for therapy quality dogs are weeded out. All of our dogs have great personalities, but it takes a special personality to be a therapy dog. We work with the remaining candidates to see how they do with the following things we feel are essential in choosing a perfect candidate for a therapy dog:
  1. Retrieving – The puppy needs to retrieve simple items when thrown or dropped near them.
  2. Recovery – We need to be able to get the dogs attention quickly following a startling experience for them. 
  3. Greeting – We want a puppy that does not run to us immediately. We want a puppy that pauses, evaluates the scene, and then approaches with intention and caution. 
  4. Submission – When we flip the puppy over on its back on the ground and keep our hand on its chest we want to see submission and not trying to wiggle out. 
  5. Following – We want a puppy who will follow us with their eyes while watching us and also follow us through the yard if set down off leash. 
  6. Forgiveness –  We pinch the puppy between its paws, pull its legs, grab its tail, pinch ears, etc. None of this is malicious, but mildly uncomfortable for the dog. Once we stop are we getting a dirty look from the dog or a complete redirect of attention and acting as if it didn’t bother them. A quick forgiveness is essential. 
There are many other little things we look for in this matching process, but this is a snapshot to give you the insight on how detailed we are in choosing our puppies for our customers. We feel confident we will find you a great choice in our litters. 

After we have matched each puppy with their future family we will send an email out with their final photo shoot as well as information about this puppy. Due to the safety of our puppies we do not accept visitors during this matching process (see below for the reasons of not visiting our facility before puppy pick up day). We stay in communication with each family on our reservations lists and try to verify every characteristic, color, and gender requests you may have. The process from birth to matching is an opportunity for us to understand you a bit more as a customer and aiming to match you with not just any puppy, but one of the best!

What if I don’t like the puppy I am matched with?

We want to make sure you get the perfect puppy that will enrich your home. If you don’t get matched with a puppy that meets your criteria (gender, color, temperament, etc) from the current litter, we will move you to a waitlist for the next litter that will match your criteria. Applications are filled in the order received once approved and the deposit is paid.

Can we visit your home and see your puppies and breeding dogs?

No and this is a policy we feel very strongly about. We are very concerned about the health and well-being of our puppies so we have decided it is in their best interest for overall health and wellness not to have visitors prior to a scheduled meet & greet when the puppies are 6-weeks of age. This is for families on the specific reservation list only. The reason for our caution is for the overall safety of our puppies. Parvo virus is deadly to puppies and can be unknowingly tracked in by car tires and/or tennis shoes. It is also not fair to a new mama to expect her to tolerate visitors while she is doing her best to care for and protect her babies. Due to this we only accept visitors on the day of the scheduled meet & greet as well as puppy pick up day. If you have a dog allergy and are needing to discuss if you are allergic prior to applying please contact us to discuss further. If this is the only reason you are hesitant to work with us, we would love the opportunity to chat about what you’re looking for and discuss our program more in depth to make you feel comfortable. 

As to the parent dogs; all of our breeding dogs live in guardian homes so that they live a normal family dog life and the only time they are here with us is either when they are breeding or delivering a litter of puppies and raising them. This is a fabulous way for our breeding dogs to be able to live a normal life and not in kennels. All of our puppies are whelped at our home under our loving care and experience.
We try to do our very best to provide quality portraits of all of our breeding dogs and constant updates of our puppies through our blog and social media. This way you can still see and connect with the litter while helping us keep them safe!

Is my puppy spayed/neutered prior to my adopting him/her?

We sell our puppies on a strict spay/neuter contract that requires  you have your puppy altered no later than 8 months of age. This allows you the option of having it done earlier if you choose to, but it is done before your puppy reaches sexual maturity. After countless years of personal study and consultation with multiple vets and breeders both locally and nationally we feel this is in the best health interest of your puppy and will prevent any unplanned, unwanted litters of puppies. This is a non-negotiable policy and we will enforce our contract. We believe this policy allows you the option of choosing when works best for your family and puppy during those first 8-months. Please understand this policy prior to submitting an application. We encourage you to book a spay/neuter appointment when your have your first puppy appointment to ensure you get it on the books with the vet of your choosing. This ensures you don’t have to scramble when you get our reminder email. 

Can I choose to wait past 8 months to spay/neuter my puppy?

We have strict policies that require you to show proof of the spay/neuter by the puppies 8 month birthday. Many different vets have differing opinions about the ideal time to spay/neuter a dog but after over 18 years of breeding Labradoodles and consulting with both local and national vets and fellow breeders we feel very strongly that’s it’s important to have the female dog spayed prior to her first heat as this helps protect against mammary cancer. We are committed to not having any of our dogs contribute to the unwanted dogs of the world and therefore want all of ours spayed prior to a heat to avoid any “accidental” litters of puppies. We have had many dogs go into heat in the 9-10 month and it’s not healthy for them to be getting spayed at that time when they are engorged with blood. As for the males, they can sexually mature and sire a litter of (unwanted) puppies as early as 7 months of age. Neutering them prior to 8 months can also prevent them from developing some of those unwanted male traits of lifting their leg to potty, humping objects, and being overly interested in the girls while also ensuring they are not accidentally siring any litters.

We feel this is in the best interest of the both the male and female dog and a very healthy option. Your vet may disagree with this stance and we encourage you to find a vet that will honor this policy prior to even receiving your puppy. For all of these reasons we have adopted the policy to set the timing for the spay/neuter at or before 8 months of age. This policy is non-negotiable and something we will enforce. We have had many puppies over the years (over 1,500 over the time of Mountain View Labradoodles) and we work with countless breeders with similar experience. We have not seen any negative consequences to having our dogs spayed/neutered by this age and believe it truly is in the best interest of the dog and owner. This is a non-negotiable part of our contract and we will not alter our stance based on a vet’s opinion that is treating your puppy.

How big will my Australian Labradoodle get?

Sizing is based off of height, but the weight range is below for reference.

Australian Labradoodle Sizing

Miniature/Small: 20-35 lbs Height: 14-16″
Medium: 30-50 lbs Height: 17-19″
Standard: 45-65 lbs Height: 20-25″
Life Expectancy: Labradoodles may live for approximately 12-15 years

How do I choose the right color for me?

Colors can be deceiving and making the right choice is not an easy task. Depending on the genetics there are typically three options for coloring. 1.) Stay the same color, 2.) Get lighter over time, 3.) Get darker over time. Depending on each dogs genetics will determine their color transition. Some dogs may appear very dark at birth (chocolate, black, red) and over time will get lighter within their color shade. Other dogs may get darker over time or remain the same shade as they were with a puppy. Our best advice is to head into your color selection with the thought that your dog may change its shade. Focus more on the color pallet you’re after & not a specific look (ie. Red/Apricot, Chocolate/Cafe, Black/Grey, Cream/White). If you are looking for unique coloring, be open to a variety of options as unique coloring genetics is never something that is perfectly predicted. If you’re open to a variety of options it will allow us to find just the right puppy for you within a specific litter. While we know certain looks & colors are desired, make sure you know what to expect with the litter you’re choosing so there is no misunderstanding. See our Labradoodle color page found in the left hand menu. 

What size dog is best for me?

The best way to answer this question is to evaluate your lifestyle and what activities you’re wanting the dog for. Many older families pursue a smaller dog so the dog is lighter to pick up, but many times a larger dog can get in & out of the car themselves. Many younger families want a larger dog so they can withstand the playing with children, but many times a smaller dog has great endurance. Many families want a small compact size, but don’t realize there is only a slight difference between small to medium and medium to standard. With only a few inches and slight weight scales differentiating each Labradoodle size, we encourage you to consider your options of sizing before settling in on a litter of choice. We are here to help & are happy to talk through what you’re looking for and find just the right litter for you. 

What gender of dog is best for me?

In our puppies we notice very little accuracy to “traits” that people assume are only for one gender. We have males & females show more alpha personality & we have males & females show more reserved personality as well as everything in between. Because gender is something we cannot control, we encourage every family to be open to both genders. While we understand that there may be a preference to a certain gender, we do not guarantee any family a certain gender. While we do our best to honor all interests in a dog, the matching process is much more successful when we can openly evaluate every puppy & find the best fit for you opposed to limiting to only a couple dogs based on gender or color. The families that have the best success with our process are the ones who go into it with an open mind, trust in us throughout the process, & stay in communication to share their plans for the puppy, thoughts on the puppies in the litter, & do not zero in on any specific puppies from the litter.

Are the puppies vaccinated and microchipped?

All of our puppies receive the initial puppy vaccine and worming and they will have a wellness exam with our veterinarian. We believe that microchipping your puppy should be your decision as many of our buyers choose not to have this done and others want to wait until they are full grown to do so. We recommend if you choose to microchip that you wait until your puppy is older (perhaps during the time of the spay/neuter by 8 months of age).

Are the puppy dewclaws removed or tail bobbed?

No! We take a holistic approach to our dog care & believe in not removing dewclaws or bobbing a tail. If dewclaws being removed are a desire you can always have them removed when the dog is spayed/neutered as this is a natural time to do this. We encourage you to talk with us on any questions you may have regarding the dogs appearance. All of our breeding dogs have their dewclaws still intact. 

Do you sell older dogs or “retired” breeding dogs?

All of our breeding dogs live in guardian homes from 8-weeks of age & throughout the rest of their lives. Due to this we never have a retired breeding dog looking for a new home. We do sometimes help our past families find a new home for their Doodle if they have a life altering event that comes up, but this is a very rare occurrence. If you are not interested in a puppy, then we are probably not the right fit for you.

Are your puppies F1, F2, F1b, etc?

In our early years of breeding we produced many litters of F1, F2, & F1b’s. These are the early crosses of the Labrador Retriever & Poodle. After breeding for over 18 years, all of our breeding dogs are now well past this generation stage & are many lines into the “multi-generational” stage. In addition, all of our breeding dogs have an infusion down their line of Cocker Spaniel which is what makes them a Australian Labradoodle opposed to a English Labradoodle or Labradoodle. If you would like more specifics on our past practices or current pedigree lines please do not hesitate to ask. You can be assured that our Australian Labradoodles are of the highest quality & we are very proud of the litters produced through our strong pedigree lines. 

What is the difference between a Labradoodle, Australian Labradoodle, & Aussie Doodle?

These three are very different, but are commonly mistaken for each other. A Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever & a Poodle. They can range from F1 (first cross) to a multi-gen. An Australian Labradoodle is a breed in and of itself. They contain an infusion which is explained in the question above. An Aussie Doodle is commonly used inaccurately for an Australian Labradoodle. An Aussie Doodle is a Australian Shepherd bred to a Poodle. These dogs are very different & are a completely different breed to our dogs. All of our puppies are Australian Labradoodles. 

Are Australian Labradoodles good family pets?

We believe they are one of the best family pets you will find! They are very friendly and have a gentle disposition. They are curious, quick learners and take well to training. They love people and their people become their “pack”. They want to be where their “pack” is whenever possible which makes for plenty of companionship.

Why is Mountain View not a part of ALAA or WALA?

We have the utmost respect for both the ALAA & the WALA organizations. We work with countless breeders who are associated with them & hold true to their high standards of testing, breeding practices, & efforts to further the Australian Labradoodle breed. The only reason we are not a proud member of one of these associations is their unwillingness to allow the Merle coloring among the breed. We adore the coloring & countless of our families desire this coloring. We have been breeding for over 19 years here at Mountain View Labradoodles & have continued to produce successful & healthy puppies no matter their coloring & size. While we share our high level of ethical breeding & standards with our friends at ALAA & WALA, we desire to continue to produce the Merle coloring in some of our select lines. When you choose to work with us at Mountain View Labradoodles you can hold to the fact that you are working with a reputable breeder with a long standing tradition & reputation of quality breeding held to the highest standards of testing & practices. We are happy to discuss our values with any of our customers & we will continue to maintain a strong working relationship with all of our friends that are a part of ALAA & WALA.

With so many varieties, is there a food you recommend?

With many years producing the highest quality of Australian Labradoodles, food is of the utmost importance. It can alter coats, change personalities, cause their health to thrive or struggle, & ultimately affect everything! One thing to consider when choosing a food is to see the amount of recalls a food has had. The next thing to consider is quality ingredients that don’t include trouble items for Australian Labradoodles. After extensive research we have found that nothing comes close to comparing to the high quality and rich ingredients of Life’s Abundance. Their commitment to a quality product, incredible ingredients, and impeccable reputation makes them the food of choice for us, our breeding dogs, & our puppies. We can’t recommend their products enough & we strongly recommend you ordering this food today. You can find their products by clicking here

Is there a training program you believe in?

Signing your puppy up for a puppy class is an essential part of their training experience. It provides needed socialization and early training to your puppy to set them up for success. Any puppy class at your local pet store or trainer is advised. Past this, we can’t speak highly enough of on of our partners Baxter & Bella. They provide lifetime membership to a quality online training program that provides countless resources as well as one-on-one training sessions when needed. The quality you will find here is second to none! We recommend every one of our families to have this lifetime membership. In fact we are members as well! You can find out more information by clicking here. Make sure to enter MTVIEW at checkout for a 25% discount. 

Is there a supplement to regular dog food that you suggest for happy & healthy Labradoodles?

We want you to enjoy the longest & healthiest life with your Labradoodle. That’s why we use and highly recommend NuVet Plus wellness wafers.  Protect your pet by boosting immunity, reducing cell damage and providing vital nutrients missing in most diets.  We have seen incredible results with this product, feed it to all of our breeding dogs, and suggest to everyone of our Mountain View families for when their dogs are puppies and throughout their entire life! To order visit: or for more information regarding this incredible product click here.